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Seeing Miracles

Seeing Miracles

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Why did miracles happen in Egypt? Because we believed they would. Those who didn’t believe in miracles saw only plagues.

By Tzvi Freeman
From the wisdom of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of righteous memory; words and condensation by Rabbi Tzvi Freeman. Subscribe and get your dose daily. Or order Rabbi Freeman’s book, Bringing Heaven Down to Earth, click here.
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Raphael Gamaroff October 30, 2014

Who ordained the destruction of the first temple and Jerusalem during the time of the Babylonians? Reply

Tzvi Freeman October 28, 2014

Re: What happened in Germany The horrors of the holocaust fly in the face of everything we believe. So do all the horrors and injustice of this world.

We can explain that there was some sort of hidden justice of which we are unaware, or some pain necessary to rise yet higher, or we could point to the miracle of our survival and resurrection after the war—but all the explanations and justifications fall pitifully short. Yet we still believe.

Perhaps that faith of ours is the greatest of miracles. And without it, how could the world ever get any better? Reply

valerie j becker akron October 28, 2014

being stuck Lisa, your question might be cliche, but it sure woke me up -- thank you for that. How could we ever know the answers? i was simply thinking of the every-day miracles and can't even imagine the answers to those!! Reply

lisa October 1, 2014

What happened in Germany? Did the people not believe enough in a miracle when they were marched into the ovens?. I know this a cliche question but I cant help returning to it and I am totally stuck for answers on this and all the world suffering.. Sorry but I am so stuck!! Reply

Anonymous Arizona, USA April 1, 2013

Seeing Miracles Wonderful conception Rabbi Freeman of the reality of faith. Those who believe in the Almighty, and trust in Him, will always see, and experience true miracles in their lives. Reply

valerie usa March 31, 2013

miracles all i can say is WOW! (it's too difficult for me to relate to the fear and tribulations back then, going from slavery to freedom.) only hope that G-d allows me to see miracles even during times that i might think there aren't any. hopefully that will not happen! Reply

Anonymous March 31, 2013

Wow I was never told outright that way of looking at the plagues. Or maybe i wasn't listening. It makes perfect sense. So, either thanks for this perspective, or thanks for reminding me of it. Reply

Shmuel March 31, 2013

We see even after we left Egypt leading up to Mt. Sinai, all people did was complain. The Jews wanted to go back to Egypt (49th level).
G-d showed the world through Moshe a great and powerful god. If the Jewish people in my opinion wanted a miracle to happen they would have risen up faster than they did once “miracles” presented themselves. I believe the plague was for the world to see, more than for the Jews to see. Reply

Noahide KL March 31, 2013

:) Rabbi Freeman, you are a Miracle :) I love your posts :) Reply

Raphael Gamaroff Port Elizabeth , south Africa November 6, 2011

Seeing miracles You say miracles happen because people believe they do.

Would this also apply to the revelation at Sinai when the whole nation were present? Reply

Patricia via chabadpasadena.com April 24, 2008

segregated by belief Is that something like birth and death?
I'd kind of like to transcend the segregation in between, but I guess freedom doesnt allow it Reply

Millard Gulledge Portland, Oregon April 24, 2008

miracles The Miracles happened because the Eternal caused them to happen. they can happen to the believer and to the sceptic Reply

steven s nisenfeld Audubon, NJ April 24, 2008

Passover I view the plagues as more symbolism than reality though just as important a message to the world and Jews. The ten plagues symbolize the struggle people go through by not adhering to God's law and not believeing. The plagues can also symbolize what happens to non-believers like Dante's inferno. Reply

Ms. Freedman USA April 7, 2007

I wonder how much the Israelites believed in miracles if they were scared when Moses didn't return quick enough and they built an Idol. Just think how many people today act the same way. They're in such a hurry to get what they want and in the end they miss the real miracles right before them.
Happy Passover Reply